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IJN High Holiday Foods: Walnut chimichurri — tested

What can we say? So many of the past recipes tested on this blog from the IJN’s various High Holiday Foods issues have become staples, that we found ourselves going...

Some more well-known kosher symbols.

Kosher certification — why it’s necessary

When it comes to kosher, lots of people wonder: Why does that need certification? Some certifications seem nonsensical, like those for water, or soap. And what about...

Anti-Semitism, in the guise of animal rights, once again rearing its head

There’s nothing new about the moves in European countries to limit religious freedom by banning ritual slaughter. We’ve covered it before, and unfortunately, the...

Your favorite Jewish movie scene

Moment magazine’s summer edition has the perfect feature for Jewish cinephiles: “Favorite Jewish movie scenes of all time.” It’s such an immense topic that...

The destruction of the First Temple, depicted by Francesco Hayez. (Wikipedia)

Tisha b’Av: Tracing tragedy, part two

Several years ago, in a post entitled “Tracing tragedy,” we explored the claim that national Jewish tragedies take place on Tisha b’Av, the Fast of Av, or within...

Rabbi David Lau, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, speaking in Berlin, Germany in 2013. (Sean Gallup/Getty)

Israel: Jewish but not religious?

Israel is and must continue to be a Jewish state, but does that mean it must be a religious state? We pose this question because Israel’s religious bodies, and how...

The Evening Standard on July 7, 2005. (Wikipedia)

Remembering 7/7

Twelve years ago, I was living in London, riding the rail into work like any other morning. About halfway through my journey to Blackfriars, I heard some grumblings —...

A Jewish bride prays at the gravesite of the Matriarch Sarah, in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (Wikipedia)

Try as they might, UNESCO can’t change history

This isn’t the first time the Palestinians (and their brothers the Jordanians) through the vehicle of UNESCO, have tried to rebrand — wholesale — Jewish sites as...

How to eat in this heat

When it gets this hot out — let’s say 90º+ — what do you do about meals? There are a few issues: 1. Heat generated from cooking and especially baking; 2. Warm...

The logo of HR/IHL (Niras)

Accomplishing a Sisyphean task

Sometimes, if you fight the good fight long enough, you can have an impact – even in what seem like losing battles. Two recent topics come to mind, both involving...